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Tara Theatre - Spring 2013

Why the Lion Danced

Season preview

TARA Theatre has announced its programme for Spring 2013 and it includes comedy, drama and children’s theatre.

Speak of Me As I Am, written by Maureen Lawrence and performed by Wyllie Longmore – January 17 to January 19 at 7:30pm. Tickets: £13, £9 concessions.

In this Spoken Word event actor and director Wyllie Longmore confronts Ira Aldridge, the black American tragedian who achieved great renown in England and Europe in the mid-19th century. Aldridge was subsequently written out of history and, for decades, remained largely forgotten.

The two men talk, argue, try to understand each other’s lives, nearly two hundred years apart, and share their experiences as black actors in this country.

Why the Lion Danced for ages 5 to 11 – January 25 and 26 at 10:30am and 1:30pm. Tickets: £10, £8 concessions.

Deep in the mountains of ancient China, every thirteenth moon the dreaded monster Nian pays a visit to the village. The villagers must protect themselves but which animal can save them? Join young Tom and his family as they prepare for New Year’s Eve and discover the story behind the Lion Dance.

Don’t You Know Who I Am?, a new play written and performed by Yasmeen Khan and Irwin Sparkes about pop charts, pop tarts and lonely hearts – January 31 to February 2 at 7:30pm. Tickets: £10, £8 concessions.

Don’t You Know Who I Am? is the satirical tale of pop singer Zack and his superfan Cassie, each on their own desperate quest for validation and whose lives will never be the same once Cassie takes her idol’s career into her own hands.

Look East – Chinese New Year – February 10 at 7:30pm. Tickets: £10.

Celebrate Chinese New Year (the year of the Snake) with an evening of East Asian cabaret including live music, comedy and verse.


Rabbitskin by Dom Grace – February 15 and 16 at 7.30pm. Tickets: £13, £9 concessions. Suitable for ages 12+.

Joe can name his twenty favourite authors straight off the top of his head and quote his favourite books perfectly. He’s a master storyteller like his father, a man who can make the ghosts and monsters of Irish legends seem as real as the rabbits he skins and cuts up on the kitchen table.

But when Joe tries to tell his own story he finds it difficult to keep on track. All stories must come to an end eventually, but that’s the bit that Joe doesn’t want to tell.

Grace’s beautiful new play asks us to consider how easy it is for us to listen to other people’s stories, but how difficult it is to tell our own.

Consumed, a strange love story in a virtual world presented by Border Crossings in association with Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre and Tara Arts – February 20 to February 23 at 7.30pm. Tickets: £13, £9.

Shanghai 2013. After more than twenty years, Tong Zheng returns from the States – to sell Wall Street. The China he finds is very different from the one he left behind. Who is the fascinating “shanghai beauty” he meets online?

Border Crossings once again joins forces with China’s leading contemporary theatre, following the extraordinary Re-Orientations.

Turban Myths – February 28 at 7:30pm. Tickets: £13, £9 concessions. Suitable for ages 12+.

Take ancient stories from The Ramayana and the Mahabarata, add vibrant folktales from all over India, and then mix in two British Punjabi storytellers and you have Turban Myths, a totally unique storytelling event for adults.

On this compelling, humorous and thoughtful journey, audiences will meet lecherous gods, vindictive farmers, expert seducers, wise folk, and the inevitable fool or two!


Return, a work in progress showcase – March 1 and 2 at 7.30pm. Tickets: £13, £9 concessions.

British/Iraqi Dina Mousawi brings her experience of her journey from Bradford to Baghdad to the stage to reveal radically different perspectives on a conflict that has dominated our headlines for the last ten years. Exploring the role of women in war and in rebuilding a nation, pushing the boundaries of political, visceral theatre, Return is a personal response about the female experience of war and occupation.

Written collaboratively by a fearless creative team, this innovative show is a collision of compelling poetic images and verbatim text from filmed interviews, emails, video diaries and Facebook entries. Performers interact with video projection and a designer working live on stage to create what is described as a provocative theatrical event.

Spare Tyre’s Scratches, bold, brassy and abrasive, they will immerse you into a world of hilarity and humanity – March 7 at 7.30pm and March 8 at 7.30pm and 2pm. Tickets: £6.50.

Spare Tyre’s artists showcase their stories, imaginations and physicalities through spoken word, song, dance, movement and film.

Little Sunshine, Little Rainfall, presented by A Thousand Cranes in association with artsdepot – March 9 at 10:30am and 1:30pm. Tickets: £10, £8 concessions. Suitable for ages 3 – 7.

Little Sunshine and Little Rainfall invite audiences to their magical Japanese garden but when naughty Storm Fox comes to visit all the creatures must think quickly to save their homes and families. Perhaps wise old Turtle has the answer?

Blending Japanese folklore with traditional music and dance, and inspired by haiku and origami, Little Sunshine Little Rainfall is described as an exciting and inventive theatrical experience for younger audiences, performed in English with a little Japanese.

Sir Andrew Motion - The Customs House

Sir Andrew Motion – The Customs House – March 13 at 7.30pm. Tickets: £12.50.

The Customs House is a stunning new collection from the former Poet Laureate. The book is in three sections, and opens with a sequence of war poems, Laurels and Donkeys, which draws on soldiers’ experiences from the First and Second World War, through to the recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. He also reads from The Cinder Path (Faber), shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry, and answers questions about his writing.

Followed by book signing.

Mejnun – March 14 to March 16 at 7.30pm. Tickets: £13, £9 concessions.

Mejnun uses humour, audience participation, ritual and poetry to celebrate the power of universal love to overcome cultural and religious divisions. The play is grounded in Uzbek and Sufi traditions, drawing from Goethe’s West-East Divan (1819), the 15th century Turkic-Uzbek mystic Alisher Navai’s Leyli and Mejnun and the 12th century Persian Sufi poet Attar of Nishapur’s Sheikh Sanan.

Mejnun is directed by Ovlyakuli Khodjakuli and performed by Yuldosh Juraboev, with music by Soufian Saihi and costumes by Shukhrat Abdumalikov.

Brendan McAuley and Friends, Irish Jigs and Reels in a St Patrick’s Day family concert – March 17 at 3pm. Tickets: £10, £8 concessions.

All Our Daughters? – March 28 at 7.30pm. Admission: Free.

All Our Daughters? asks ‘Why is a son like a bar of gold and a daughter a piece of white silk? What does honour mean, and what is family?’

Using testimonies of real women, All Our Daughters? explores the issue of forced marriage, with young people, communities, teachers and other professionals allowing them to recognise those at risk and feel confident in accessing or providing support.

Dogs Don't Do Ballet

Dogs Don’t Do Ballet, a Little Angel Theatre Production based on the book written by Anna Kemp and illustrated by Sara Ogilvie – March 30 at 10:30am and 1:30pm. Tickets: £10, £8 concessions. Suitable for ages 2 – 6.

Biff is not like ordinary dogs. He likes moonlight. And music. And walking on his tiptoes. You see, Biff doesn’t think he’s a dog, Biff thinks he’s a ballerina…

The sublime and the ridiculous combine in this hilarious story of a small dog with a big personality and even bigger dreams, brought to life by Little Angel Theatre using beautiful puppets, well-loved ballet music and dazzling comedy.

White Men with Weapons, winner of an Edinburgh Fringe First and The Stage Best Actor Award – April 3 to April 6 at at 7.30pm. Tickets: £13, £9 concessions.

Described as a funny, vicious commentary on any war anywhere, Coetzee’s 13 characters will take audiences on a satirical roller-coaster ride through the old South African Defence Force.

Meet the Corporal from hell, a drug-crazed Durban Rambo, an Anglican Chaplain with Tutu-phobia and many others during this journey into the heart of South Africa’s war with itself.

Presented by UK Arts, White Men with Weapons is written and performed by Greig Coetzee and directed by Garth Anderson.

Shredding Memories – April 11 to April 13 at 7:30pm, Saturday matinee at 2:30pm. Tickets: £10, £8 concessions.

Set in a time that is subjective and a place that doesn’t really exist, Shredding Memories explores the stories from our past, present and future that exist only in our minds.

The ensemble includes Heather Bleasdale, Shobu Kapoor, Annetta Laufer and Thomas Moore.

The Tinderbox

The Tinderbox – April 19 at 10:30am and 1:30pm. Tickets: £10, £8 concessions. Suitable for ages 4+.

A roguish Soldier finds himself in possession of a tinderbox, a very special tinderbox which gives him the power to magically summon three extraordinary dogs to do his bidding. These dogs bring him riches beyond his wildest dreams, but his fortunes quickly take a turn for the worse in the big city where your charms are counted by the penny.

The Norwich Puppet Theatre breathes new life into Hans Christian Andersen’s classic tale of magic, bravery and love. The retelling of this well-loved fairytale combines puppetry, animation and music to create a memorable and touching performance that will captivate the hearts of audiences big and small.

The Funny Side of Earlsfield – January 12, February 9, March 9 and April 20 at 8pm. Tickets: £10.

Tara’s resident comedy club has played host to many top quality acts, familiar from TV and radio, whilst also supporting new talent entering London’s comedy circuit.